Police in New York say they are planning to use lethal force against an armed suspect who fired on police in a dispute that ended with a gunfight.
Police spokesman Mark Pugash told reporters Tuesday that officers were responding to reports of a domestic dispute on the 1500 block of West 14th Street around 1 a.m. when the man fired at them with a .45-caliber handgun, hitting one of them in the face.
The suspect fled on foot.
Officers chased the man through the streets and spotted him driving a car that matched the description of the car used in the shooting.
Officers surrounded the car and began to question him about the shooting, Pugash said.
The man was then able to pull a handgun and opened fire, hitting an officer in the left arm and leg.
The officer was taken to Bellevue Hospital in critical condition and the suspect was taken into custody.
Police have not identified the officer, and Pugash declined to release the name.
The city of New York does not have a domestic-violence program, but police officers are allowed to carry weapons, Pugas said.
Police have said that the man was armed with a shotgun and a large-capacity ammunition magazine, and the two officers involved in the altercation had no visible injuries.
Pugash said that there was no immediate threat to the public.
He said police are still investigating the shooting and will determine whether to charge the suspect.
“The city’s police department and we will take whatever actions we deem appropriate, and that will include using deadly force,” Pugash wrote in an email to The Associated Press.